adaaga naalya (the one who struggles is the one who eats)

“adaaga naalya” is an African proverb common in the Busoga region in Uganda. The proverb says that those who struggle or sweat are the ones who eat. It implies that for one to eat they have to work hard. Struggle in this case is used to mean hard work, enterprise, creativity, problem solving, resilience, etc. To eat means to reap from one’s hard labour. Eating generally means to have a good enjoyable life with lots to eat and drink.

So as you struggle to make ends meet, be comforted to know that you will eventually partake of the sweet rewards of your labour.

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